Monday, March 20, 2017
The Alloa Half Marathon is becoming the traditional season-opening half marathon race for runners in central Scotland, with nearly 2700 runners pounding the roads to the north of Alloa along the foot of the Ochils. The race always attracts high-quality runners, with Kristian Jones of Swansea Harriers winning in a very good time of 1.07.19, and Katie White of Garscube Harriers winning the women’s race in 1.16.52.
For some of the Harriers competing, the race was an useful piece of training before the Stirling Marathon and assorted other big races coming up in the next few months, with some excellent personal best performances.
First Harrier home was Roger Goddard, in a time of 1.19.30, in 48th position overall and 10th MV40. Will Manners was next in, with a time of 1.22.29, to finish 3rd MV50. Richard Collingwood set a new personal best for the distance with a very good time of 1.36.46, with Scott Brown not far behind in 1.37.50 and Gary Brock in 1.38.35.
Lauren Fairweather headed the women’s representation, with an outstanding personal best of 1.50.48, taking seven minutes off her previous best time. Next Harriers in were Ali Manners (1.53.37), Janine Grant (1.57.23), and Andrew Brown (1.58.15). Other Harriers runners were Susan Sharp (2.0.51), Nicola Watson (2.01.50), Julia Greenlees (2.01.52), Dawn Gleeson (2.01.52) and Dave Griffiths (2.04.34). For Dawn, this was her third consecutive weekend of racing, following her efforts at the Meadows half marathon and the Mighty Deerstalker.
Full race results are here. Confusingly, a number of Harriers are listed as running for Strathaven Striders.